It was an afternoon performance. We dressed business casual for the event. I actually wore heels.
We arrived about an hour early. We weren’t the only ones hanging around there. It was already starting to fill in with people. Our seats were on the third level, so we headed up there to hang out and people watch, an activity we both enjoy.
What amazes me about people in general is when they go to these types of events, they wear everything. There was a lady in a lacy, very low cut dress. Her boobs were so big, they were about to pop right out. I don’t know. Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but this was just inappropriate to me.
There were people dressed in jeans—inappropriate. If you’re going to spend that much money for an event, have the decency to wear nicer clothes, at least. Jeans don’t belong there. I don’t care how comfy you want to be.
And then there was the dad talking to his 9 year old daughter. She was dressed in jean shorts, an oversized tank and sneakers. “You’re nine now. You need to start dressing better when you come to things like this.” And he waved to the general patronage milling around the lower level. He had taken her aside to give her “the speech” and then they walked off. I don’t know if he realized we were standing there, but the husband heard every word. Not that he was being mean to his daughter, but he was trying to make a point. To that I say – Bravo! He was dressed in khakis and a button down dress shirt.
Our row was interesting – it was one long line of seats. We didn’t want to climb over a bunch of people to get to them, so we went around to the other side. We finally got settled, but there were the usual folks who were last minute arrivals that made everyone in the row – because their seats were in the middle – get up. There isn’t a lot of leg room in these places, don’t you know.
Anyway, a woman and her young daughter plopped down a couple of seats to our right behind us. The girl was rather rambunctious before the show started. I kept thinking she would cool it once the performance got underway.
But here I have to pause. This is Phantom of the Opera not Toy Story for crying out loud. There is mild violence (gunfire, images of people hanging). Why on earth would you bring CHILDREN to something like that? My kid is nearly 13 and I wouldn’t even think about taking him. Because I know he’d be bored to tears. And a kid under 10? They’re going to fidget, talk and experience general boredom as well.
Anyway, the show starts and the first act is quite long – over an hour. The kid talks through some of it. The mom replies. They are mildly annoying and somewhat loud but thankfully the production was loud enough to cover their talking.
Intermission came. Husband and I chatted about how rude it was they were talking during the performance. Then he poked fun at me because I get so irate about it – even when we’re at home and he’s talking during my show. I think I’m just watching the showing and ignoring his talking but he KNOWS that inside I’m just about to explode. I hate that he knows me so well. Totally not fair, that. ;) We had some laughs about it.
At one point, it got so bad, I turned around and shushed them. I couldn’t stand it anymore. They did dial it back a little but they still talked.
When my son was very small, I’d take him to the movies. I made it very clear to him that there was no talking whatsoever during the movie. And if he got fidgety, I’d leave. Even to this day, he doesn’t talk during movies. The only time he DOES is during the trailers and even then he’s leaning over to whisper. He gets it.
So, how to behave in public? Be considerate of those around you. Keep your pie hole shut. And if you’re taking a kid with you to something like that and you have ANY DOUBT that the kid won’t understand or behave, do your fellow patrons a favor and leave them at home. Because I paid good money to hear the performance, not your conversation.
Michelle Miles write fantasy, paranormal and contemporary romance. Her biggest pet peeve are people who talk through movies and live performances. Even her husband isn't immune to her shushing. Visit her website for more on her and her books.